Ned Smyth has been showing his work since 1973. He has had international exhibitions in both museums and galleries, including MOMA, The Venice Biennale, PS1, Museum of Modern Art Oxford England, the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, The Holy Solomon Gallery, Rudolph Zwirner Gallery in Cologne,and Gallery Bischofberger in Zurich. In 1977, Smyth was awarded his first Public Art Project - a fountain for the GSA. Since then, he has completed over forty large scale Public Art Projects. Smyth's "Upper Room" was the first art project commissioned for Battery Park City NY. He has pieces from Anchorage Alaska, to Saint Thomas the Virgin Island, and in cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Savannah, Wilmington, Brooklyn, and Dublin.
Smyth early work was in the minimal tradition, except that he included architectural references and created architectural spaces. Before the development of the Post Modern Architectural style, Smyth was quoting or eluding to historical architectural periods and detail. His environmental gallery exhibitions quickly led him to being commissioned to create public spaces for cities and corporations. Smyth was one of the forerunners of the development of Public Art and Artistic Public Spaces in the USA. In his work, he uses many mediums including cement, fabric, metal, mosaic, water, language, and landscape. Since 2004, Smyth’s work has evolved away from using Judeo-Christian, and historical references, to working with natural organic forms and images. He has been using his collection of found glacial till stones, as sources for monumental photographs, carved monumental objects, and bronzes.